Enterprise to test hydrogen fuel system

SUPPORT services company Enterprise is to trial the use of hydrogen fuel in its vehicles early next year.

The Leyland-based company has teamed up with Sheffield’s ITM Power to test a new portable refuelling system that creates high-purity hydrogen from electricity and water.

AIM-listed ITM, which has 55 staff, has already signed up Sheffield City Council and the London Borough of Camden to the trials.

Enterprise said it already runs many of its vehicles on biodiesel and is enthusiastic about the potential for the new technology, called HFuel, to further cut its carbon emissions.

Innovation manager David Pattinson said: “We are constantly seeking ways to provide innovative and pragmatic solutions to our customers. ITM Power’s hydrogen trials will provide us with the unique opportunity to assess the innovation the perspective of the driver, the fleet manager and as a company to help us deliver services with zero carbon emissions and improve air quality as part of our business.”

ITM’s chief executive Graham Cooley said: “We welcome Enterprise to the growing number of diverse, high-profile logistics organisations already participating in the Hydrogen on site trial (HOST). 

“Enterprise is a major provider of front line services to the public and utility sectors, and its assessment of our energy storage, clean fuel technology, using renewable energy for promoting clean air and decarbonising fleet operations, will provide ITM Power with invaluable data.”